We asked our Design Director, Sonika Maritz, why both are vital in an interior design project, and this is what she said…
Good joinery makes an impact
Bespoke joinery means you will get a unique, tailor-made space. The amount of joinery required in an interior depends on the size of the area. ‘We design kitchens from scratch: carcasses, worktops, doors and splashbacks are all made to the client’s specifications. This can elevate the result from that offered by kitchen ‘suppliers’ who offer limited options for finishes and sizes which are not always right. There are no boundaries with a bespoke project.
Joinery solves storage problems
There are two types of home storage: open (shelves) and closed (cupboards). Open storage is used to display books, favourite pieces, photographs etc, and closed storage is used to hide things away. Most people have loads of stuff cluttering their homes. They are drowning in it! Custom-made storage tucks it out of view.’ Carefully considered joinery makes the most of the space in the home. It streamlines rooms and makes them more efficient. In a home office, for example, the printer, plugs and cables can all be hidden away.
Joinery creates a smart, clean look
I prefer a clean, simple, minimal look. Joinery enables us to create this. Lighting can also be incorporated neatly into joinery – under wall units or inside a wardrobe in a master bedroom. ‘It creates a nice cosy feel, which adds warmth.’
We usually design the whole interior so the look is consistent throughout the house. I always explain the options to clients and give guidance. We also warn clients to have realistic expectations about the cost. ‘Joinery can represent a big chunk of the budget, so prioritise what you want to spend it on. Cut costs on children’s rooms which get a lot of wear and tear, and concentrate instead on the living room, master bedroom, library and the kitchen.’
Attention to detail always shows
Nothing is as bad like a poor finish. Lack of attention to detail is easy to spot. ‘Shelves stick out further than the walls; joints are messily executed; the joinery is not nicely finished or has too many different textured veneers; etc.
‘Mechanisms such as hinges in bathroom cabinets often reveal the quality of the work, too. Often they don’t work properly and become irritating.
This attention to detail applies to internal finishes, too. I like to install a beautiful hinge although it is only visible when a door is opened. Or to line a cupboard with wood laminate finish, so that it looks good inside and out.
When a designer keeps on top of the details – and on top of the installer who is implementing them – an excellent, satisfying finish is the result. One that creates a streamlined, fully-functioning but warm and cosy home. Put simply, ‘Good joinery improves quality of life.’